HOISINGTON - Since last April, the city of Hoisington has torn down two blighted houses, is accepting bids for the tear down of three more, and the police department has issued 70 property improvement requests for junked vehicles, all in an effort to reduce city blight.
ELLINWOOD - At its regular meeting last Tuesday, the Ellinwood City Council approved an increase in the utility shut-off fee for non-payment effective Jan. 1. 2012.
ELLINWOOD - The Ellinwood KAY Club, which is an organization which builds leadership and character in high schools, recently participated in Citizenship Week.
ELLINWOOD -Ellinwood School first grade teachers Linda Duncan and Katie Hook, received a grant for $200 to buy materials for a program where first graders go to the ELllinwood Country Living and do a project with the seniors.
HOISINGTON - Hoisington school district volleyball coach Tina Johnson submitted her resignation from her position with the school, and the USD 431 Board of Education accepted that resignation on Monday night at its regular board meeting.
HOISINGTON - A fierce-looking 125 pound German shepherd with ears about the size of an adult's hand, bounds for the door of the Hoisington Power Plant at the sound of strangers approaching, barking loudly and warning employees. His job done, and after some petting, he flops down in the main office on the floor.
HOISINGTON - Cicoff, the court jester, came to Roosevelt Elementary School in Hoisington to show children the value of positive character traits through humor, expert and complex juggling and other tricks.
HOISINGTON - The Hoisington United Way has raised nearly $18,000 this year and is only $200 short of its goal.
ELLINWOOD - The Ellinwood Chamber of Commerce will host a "Hometown Christmas" from 4-? p.m. this Saturday with stores serving refreshments and having specials.
HOISINGTON -The Hoisington City Council, at its meeting on Monday, will move forward with creating an ordinance limiting the number of cats or dogs to a total of six in any combination in the city.
The city of Ellinwood, the Ellinwood School Foundation and the Golden Belt Community Foundation will evenly split nearly $3 million dollars in a bequest from Vivian Archer, formerly of Ellinwood.
HOISINGTON - "Light up Hoisington" became a community project in 1999, and homes and buildings throughout the city are now illuminated throughout the Christmas season.
ELLINWOOD - The featherless construction paper turkey at Ellinwood Grade School regained his plumage when third graders brought back to school uniquely designed feathers, each distinct with the personality of the family and child just in time for the holiday.
HOLYROOD -Central Plains USD 112 school district heard at its regular monthly meeting that Wilson school has cut its trash collection fee from one-half to one-third primarily by recycling.
HOISINGTON - Hoisington residents will see a slight increase in sewer rates with January bills. The Hoisington City Council adopted the increase at its regular meeting on Monday after budget reviews last summer.
ELLINWOOD - Anticipation abounds at Ellinwood School District this spring as 5th and 12th graders receive cutting edge technology that allows them to search for the front door of Ellinwood Grade School on Google Earth or message a teacher with a question about an assignment.
Monday following the Barton County Commission meeting, the below explanation was given on the dispute between Sheriff Brian Bellendir and County Attorney Richard Boeckman on the county's Facebook page. It said: